How I got there: As I mentioned in my Amsterdam blog post, I was able to see everything I wanted to see there in a matter of five days. I decided to re-route my ticket and leave back to NY via London, from Brussels. I booked a €25, two-hour bus ride to Brussels from Amsterdam. It became one of the smartest decision I’ve ever made.
Where I Stayed: Five nights at the Meininger Brussel City Center Hostel, from March 28th to April 2nd.
Total Paid: €117.27 (hostel)
The Meininger was a big hostel, with private and shared rooms. It was easy to make friends at their bar and I remember they hosted a few social gatherings for their guests.
The location is close to the center of town where everything I wanted to see was mainly less than 20-30 minutes walking distance.
Brussels is extremely diverse so I was also able to choose from an array of food options but of course, the first thing I wanted to try was their waffles.
I headed to the center of town to see what I could sample.
Next, I wanted to check out the Grand Place and Manneken Pis, which were both close in vicinity to one another. The Manneken Pis is a famous fountain statue of a little boy peeing and it’s much smaller than I first expected it to be.
I traveled to the world famous Atomium. It was a bit far from the hostel so I took a cab there. The Brussels Atomium was constructed during the World Fair in 1958. The view of the city from inside the Atomium is astounding.
At night, I made some friends and headed to the notable Delirium bar in the center of town. If you’re a beer lover, you’ll love this place. It has over 1000 international beers to choose from and crazy glasses sizes. My new friends and ordered a 2-liter glass to share between the six of us.
Day four I wandered my way towards the Royal Palace. The palace only opens its doors to the public in the summer, so, unfortunately, I couldn’t make my way inside the palace.
I spent my last day galavanting around the center of town, shopping, eating, and capturing beautiful moments along the way.